On January 22-24 2014 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the first meeting of the Panel of Experts on Ocean Governance for Africa, arranged by the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention and hosted in Cape Town, South Africa by the International Ocean Institute - Southern Africa (IOI-SA).
Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa., February 20, 2014 - (PressReleasePoint) -
On January 22-24 2014 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the first meeting of the Panel of Experts on Ocean Governance for Africa, arranged by the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention and hosted in Cape Town, South Africa by the International Ocean Institute - Southern Africa (IOI-SA). The meeting aimed to address some of the most pressing challenges to the African continent such as poverty alleviation, security issues (including food), and the impacts of climate change by tackling existing obstacles related to use of ocean goods and services and putting in place a Roadmap to an African Summit on the Governance of the Oceans. The Expert Panel is to develop a Policy Blueprint for adoption and implementation outline steps towards the realization of a Blue Economy for Africa with direct implications for management and policy frameworks in the marine, coastal and maritime sectors, and ultimately helping ensure a sustainable and productive relationship between the oceans, seas and the African people.
The meeting also agreed on a Draft Decision to be adopted at the upcoming Conference of the Parties for the Abidjan Convention (22 Countries) to facilitate engagement with the Roadmap and Policy Blueprint on Ocean Governance. The UNEP Regional Seas programme covers the entire African coastline with the Abidjan, Nairobi, Jeddah and Barcelona Conventions in place. The African Union will also play a significant role in supporting the process ahead, as well as ensuring alignment between the Policy Blueprint on Ocean Governance and the recently adopted (31 January 2014) AU 2050 African Integrated Maritime Strategy.
Further information, as well as options for Stakeholder input to the process and documents can be obtained from:
About International Ocean Institute- Southern Africa (IOI-SA): The IOI-SA is one of 22 operational centers within the IOI global network, and is currently coordinating the IOI African Region (including IOI-Kenya, IOI-Egypt & IOI-Nigeria). The Centre is based at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens in Cape Town, South Africa under a hosting agreement with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The focus of IOI-SA is on developing capacity for management in priority areas of marine & coastal management, especially as pertains to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and related international concerns of ocean governance. Key gap areas lacking adequate management throughout Africa, such as impacts from the maritime industry, are of particular interest to IOI-SA. The Operational Centre has Programs on Marine Invasive Species, Marine Pollution, Responsible Aquaculture and Biodiversity Informatics, each with a strong focus on technical support, capacity building and policy development. The IOI-SA draws from broad expertise with a network of Associates who are each experts in their field.
The institute applies innovative and best management practices as well as progressive technologies to increase engagement in the science-to-governance support process.
IOI-SA develops and offers high quality capacity building and research programs that improve upon the sustainable livelihoods of poor and underprivileged people living in coastal areas. IOI-SA responds to on-going assessment of the factors that contribute to livelihoods within the southern African region. IOI-SA maintains a particular focus on rural coastal communities, decision-makers, university students at postgraduate level, and schools. It achieves its mission through networking with other organizations in the region that are active in the sphere of marine and coastal management, and sustainable livelihoods.
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